When the French rugby captain Thierry Dusautoir said he doesn’t know which French team is going to turn up after their Six Nations win against Scotland, it should spell caution for all concerned.
The uncertainty is what makes them so unpredictable, exciting and dangerous. Not having won the Six Nations title since 2010 and trying to build some consistency in a Word Cup year is what we have come to expect as the “French” way of doing things.
Don’t forget that France nearly spoiled the World Cup party in New Zealand four years ago. Having one of their very public meltdowns by losing to an inspired Tsonga side 19-14 in the group stages they came back to beat England 19-12 in the quarterfinals. They went on to secure a place in the final by beating Wales 9-8 in the semi-final.
In the final the All Blacks beat France by only a single point 8-7 at Eden Park in Auckland. The French have made being unpredictable a brand that probably makes their supporters cringe but makes the neutrals love them.
The results in the autumn Internationals prove this point they beat Fiji 40-15 and Australia 29-26 but lost to Argentina 18-13. France have chosen three South Africans in their Six Nations squad. This may be a way of finding some consistency or to motivate the French players into playing better rugby.
Regardless of who wins the Six Nations championship most of the favourites at the rugby world cup tend to get flustered at the prospect of having to face the French in the knock out stages of the World Cup.